What to See and Do

Crook Making Demonstration

Jock Fotheringham from Meigle in Perthshire will be demonstrating his skills of making Shepherds Crooks periodically throughout the day. 

In addition, Jock has donated a prize-winning Shepherds Crook which will be auctioned at the start of the sale of pairs of ewe hoggs at 4pm, with the proceeds to be donated to the Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance.

Farm Tour

A forty five minute farm tour of Over Finlarg Farm on tractors and trailers will be a highlight of the event to see the sheep and cattle at Over Finlarg along with two stops. On the first stop at the top of the farm with panoramic views of the surrounding counties, David Orr will discuss the local history of the area and a wee shot of blackcurrant creme de cassis will be offered to visitors by Ogilvy Vodka Distillery. On the second stop Donald Barrie from the Hutton Research Institute will give a presentation on the advantages of rough grazing along with representatives from the Luing Cattle Society. The farm tour runs from 9am to 3pm and a farm tour guide will be available for all visitors.

Fencing Competition (New Feature to the Event)

Fencing contractors will put their skills to the test, when they compete in a competition sponsored by Tornado Wire and James Jones and Sons.

Up to eight two-man teams will be tasked with erecting a section of high tensile stock netting (60-70 metres in length), with two end straining posts and a slight turn towards one end within the three hours allocated. 

The competition begins at 10.30am and finishes at 1.30pm, with the prize giving and award ceremony taking place at 3.30pm on the main stage in the seminar building. 

More Information is available by clicking Here

Lamb Butchery & Cookery Demonstration

See craft butcher Frank Yorke of family butchers Yorkes of Dundee demonstrate the cutting up of half a lamb carcass and explain the different cuts of lamb, with Lewis Donegan, leading chef and tutor at the Dundee Cooking Academy, and former Masterchef the Professionals contestant demonstrate his skills at cooking various lamb dishes.

Guess The Tag Competition

This competition is like guess the Birthday of the Bear for example. There will be a sheep/lamb with an ear tag covered up and visitors can enter and guess the number hidden from a list of pre-printed numbers. Entry is £1 and can be entered on the day to win a prize. The funds raised from this competition are being donated to Tealing and Glamis Schools.

NSA Next Generation Shepherd of the Year Competition

The competition is designed to test their practical skills and practical knowledge used in their every-day work with sheep, as well as their broader knowledge of the sheep industry throughout the UK and Europe, including the various sheep breeds. (The competition is being held on Tuesday 31st May 2022 and is not open to visitors)

The winner will have the honour of representing Scotland in the national finals at the NSA National Sheep event at Malvern.

The presentation of prizes will take place a 3.30pm on Wednesday 1st June

More Information and entry forms are available by clicking Here Entry to the competition is still open until 13th May. 

Opening Ceremony

The event will be officially opened at 10am in the seminar building - Introduction by Willie Millar, NSA Scotsheep 2022 Organising Committee Chairman, Official Opening by David Leggat MBE & Presentation of NSA Scotland Silver Salver followed by presentation of best trade stand competition awards.

Seminars

The NSA Scotsheep seminar programme always provides a line-up of interesting speakers and relevant topics. Seminars will see farmers and industry spokesmen put forward their opinions and experiences, with plenty of time in each session for the audience to engage in discussion and debate.

In addition to the seminars there will be a workshop programme running through the day.

See seminar topics, speakers and timetable by clicking Here

Sheep Dog Trial Invitational Competition

Thirty-two top handlers will be competing in an invitation sheepdog trial which will be one of the highlights of the event. Most of the competitors from Angus, Perthshire and South Aberdeenshire will compete individually for the NSA Scotland Shield and prize money sponsored by McCaskie Agriculture.

The trial will be judged by International Sheep Dog Society chairman, Ian Fleming from Douglas, South Lanarkshire.

Sheep Dressing Demonstration

See how to prepare a sheep for a show or sale with this sheep dressing demonstrations that will take place periodically throughout the day.

Sheep Shearing Demonstrations & Quickshear Competition

Sheep shearing demonstrations will run from 10am to 2pm, every hour on the hour for ten minutes.

From 2.30pm to 4pm thirty sheep shearers will compete in the Quickshear competition to be held at the event, with two competitors at a time shearing a sheep and timed. The four fastest competitors who will be judged, like all the competitors beforehand, will not only be timed but also on the presentation of the sheep and will enter a semi-final, followed by a final.

All competitors will receive a sponsor’s branded singlet with the winner receiving an engraved rose bowl and £100, with the runner up receiving prize money of £75 and the two losing semi-finalists receiving £50 each.

The demonstrations are sponsored by British Wool and the Quickshear competition is kindly sponsored by the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association, Luing Cattle Society, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Scruffy Dog Cider and TagFaster/ Datamars UK

Show & Sale Pair of Ewe Hoggs

Top-quality ewe hoggs from well-known breeders across the country will be forward for the multi-breed show and sale of ewe hoggs conducted by United Auctions. 

Nine classes will be on offer for Bluefaced Leicester, Mules, North Country Cheviot, Blackface, Suffolk, Texel, any other native breed, any other continental breed and any other cross breed, with both MV accredited and non-accredited sheep eligible for sale. 

The overall championship is being sponsored by Algo, with Harrison & Hethertington, Kidd Veterinary Centre, Parkside Veterinary Group, Savills and Thorntons Law confirmed as class sponsors. 

Tasked with judging the pre-sale show at 9am is United Auctions' retired sheep auctioneer, Matt Stevenson from Gargunnock, Stirling, followed by the sale at 4pm. 

On sale will be 2 black Cheviot hoggs from Over Finlarg with the proceeds being donated to the Prostrate Scotland charity, 25 Texel ewe hoggs with Beltex x lambs at foot from Over Finlarg, followed by over 20 pairs of ewe hoggs from various consignors.

If sheep cannot be uplifted by purchasers on the day, it is hoped that arrangements can be made for buyers to collect their purchases from the premises of the vendor within 14 days. 

More Information is available by clicking Here

Stockjudging

The Angus and Tayside District Association of Young Farmers Clubs will be running an open and YFC stockjudging competition on behalf of the event, with visitors having to judge four classes of sheep from Over Finlarg Farm. £500 of prize money is on offer and is sponsored by Galloway & Macleod. Entry on the day is £5.   

Trade Stands - Comercial & Educational

Over 170 commercial companies and educational organisations will be promoting their products and services at the event, showcasing all the latest developments in technology, husbandry, and marketing to help farmers maximise the potential of their sheep enterprises.

See who is exhibiting by clicking Here

Trade Stands - Individual Sheep Breeders 

9 individual sheep breeders and companies will be promoting their sheep and genetics at the event. 

See who is exhibiting by clicking Here

Trade Stands - Sheep Breed Societies

30 sheep breed societies will be promoting their breed of sheep and genetics at the event. 

See who is exhibiting by clicking Here

Workshops

There are two dedicated workshop areas at the event with a range of topics and speakers providing an even better opportunity to gain practical, hands-on advice and tips. 

Workshops are slightly smaller and more informal than the seminars, with the intention of people getting involved, asking questions, and making the most of the experts on hand. 

See workshop topics, speakers and timetable by clicking Here

Wool – All Things Woolie

A dedicated area where the sheep shearing is taking place will feature wool demonstrations, including excellent fleece presentation and how to maximise the value of your wool by British Wool as well as wool spinning, weaving and felt making demonstration periodically throughout the day.

The Shepherds Crook made by John Fotheringham sold for £400 at auction, with the proceeds donated to Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance
The Shepherds Crook made by John Fotheringham sold for £400 at auction, with the proceeds donated to Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance
David Leggat MBE opened NSA Scotsheep 2022
David Leggat MBE opened NSA Scotsheep 2022
Schoolchildren get a better understanding of where wool comes from
Schoolchildren get a better understanding of where wool comes from
Farm Tour of Over Finlarg Farm
Farm Tour of Over Finlarg Farm